The basic specs and price of Tesla's budget electric vehicle offering, the Model 3, have yet to be released, but that hasn't stopped one eager man from lining up for the chance to put his name down to buy one. Australian man Andreas Stephens claimed first place in line at Sydney's St. Leonard's Tesla dealership around 7 a.m. AEDT Tuesday morning, he told Mashable Australia. That's more than 48 hours before the reservation list opens Thursday. "I wanted to make sure that [I was] number one," Stephens explained.
Electric car maker Tesla will roll out a software update over the weekend for Model X vehicles that are affected by faulty software for the passenger-side airbags, according to reports Wednesday. The Elon Musk company informed the owners of the affected vehicles by email, asking them to not use the front passenger seat till they received the software update, as a precaution. The exact trouble with the airbags -- which was found during "routine internal tests this week" -- has not been specified by Tesla in the email to its customers, and the company referred to it only as "an anomaly with the passenger airbag… After reviewing the results of this test, we were able to isolate the anomaly to the software controlling the passenger airbags in right-hand-drive Model X cars only." The logo of German car supplier Robert Bosch GmbH is displayed in front of the company's headquarters in Gerlingen near Stuttgart, southwestern Germany, April 18, 2013. The airbags and associated software in question came from German multinational Bosch, which is among the world's largest suppliers of automotive parts.
Tesla is powering into the Australian market with its first retail store in the country. The iconic American electric car brand, created by Elon Musk, is making its mark locally, moving into an iconic retail area of Martin Place in the heart of Sydney's business district. SEE ALSO: Tesla wants to buy SolarCity for 2.8 billion A brand that likes to do things differently, this isn't any old car showroom. It will have a Powerwall, the company's home battery, on display and Teslas available for test drives but it will be designed in the vision of a retail store. There will be no stock held at the venue.
In a photograph from May, a 2018 Tesla Model 3 sits at a dealership in Littleton, Colo. In a photograph from May, a 2018 Tesla Model 3 sits at a dealership in Littleton, Colo. Tesla CEO Elon Musk is celebrating the company having reached its goal of producing 5,000 Model 3 electric cars a week by the end of June. Musk wrote in an email to the company, as reported on the website Electrek, which follows Tesla closely. Musk also said Tesla had produced 2,000 Model S sedans and Model X sport-utility vehicles in addition to the Model 3s, bringing total production to 7,000 vehicles a week.
Up until now, very little has been known about Tesla's Model 3, which is due to be unveiled tomorrow. Now, a source speaking to motoring site Electrek has provided what it claims to be new details on the much-anticipated car. The source claims that the Model 3 will be able to go from 0-60 in under four seconds and have range options reaching more than 300 miles. The Model 3 is a pitch to middle class drivers and a key component in founder (pictured) Elon Musk's vision to mainstream the electric car. It is Tesla's first mass market car, and the billionaire believes it will help Tesla deliver 500,000 vehicles a year by 2020 The Model is expected to sell for 35,000 - half the base price of the flagship Model S. It will be 20 per cent shorter than the S, placing it in the same segment as the Audi A4.